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Is Religious Lawyering Legitimate?

Submitted by Rosebella Nyonje on Mon, 07-21-2014
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On the Legitimacy of the Religious Lawyering Movement
Anand, Rakesh
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Syracuse University, USA
Conference title
International Legal Ethics Conference VI
Conference location
City University London
United States
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This paper considers the “first question” of the religious lawyering movement, namely whether it is possible to be religious and practice law. More specifically, this paper considers the position of the leading scholars in the movement, all of whom tell us that one can be religious and practice law. This paper offers an admittedly sensitive conclusion: that such a life is in fact not possible, at least with respect to one understanding of lawyering in the United States (and perhaps with respect to others, both within the United States and, more broadly, modern Western society).
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